Participating countries, participants, formula, program, prize money… What is the ATP Cup?

ATP Cup, Davis Cup, Laver Cup, what’s the difference?

Like the Davis Cup, the ATP Cup is an international team competition. It is also a direct descendant of the World Cup, which was organized by the ATP from 1978 to 2012. The formula is always the same in the group stage before the final stage. Matches are played in three matches, two singles and doubles, in two winning groups. So it all looks like the new Davis Cup formula. With the notable difference that the ATP Cup is sealed…ATP. Therefore, it is an official competition that offers ATP points as well as cash prizes. It marks the official start of the 2022 season.

The official aspect, and the fact that it is disputed by the states and not by Europe against the rest of the world, is the main difference with the Laver Cup which, although accompanied by the ATP, remains prone to luxury.

What are the participating countries?

If the first edition, in 2020, brought together 24 teams, in 2022 they are only 16. Pandemic obliges, the competition no longer moves to three cities, but will be held entirely in Sydney. The sixteen countries are divided into four groups.

Group A: Serbia, Norway, Chile and Spain

Group B: Russia, Italy, France, Australia

Group C: Germany, Canada, Great Britain, United States

Group D: Greece, Poland, Argentina, Georgia

The top four nations from their group will advance to the semi-finals. They will go against the Group A winner against the Group D winner on January 7, and the Group B winner against the Group C winner on January 8.

A new chance to defend the French colors by Arthur Rinderknech. (B. Baboon/Team)

How do countries qualify?

By ranking their best players, countries can enter the competition. It is still necessary for the latter to decide on compatibility. After Gaël Monfils abandoned the ATP Cup in favor of the Melbourne Open, he disqualified France from the competition. But as Austria was left out due to the packages of Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak, France was finally drafted.

Teams consist of three to five players. A minimum of three ATP rated players, including two in singles, are required to validate the team’s composition.

How many ATP points are distributed?

The player who wins the ATP Cup by winning all of his matches will leave Sydney with 750 points, 250 if he is a doubles player.

Points awarded after an individual win also depend on the opponent’s rank. In the group stage, it is 75 points if the opponent is between the first and tenth places, 65 points if he is between 11 and 25, 50 points, if he is between 26 and 50, 25 points, if he is between 51, 100 and 20 Point if after that. Ultimately, on the same rating arcs, the points awarded rise to 250, 200, 150, 75 and 50.

Felix Auger-Aliassime will be the captain and player for Canada.  (J. Prevost/Team)

Felix Auger-Aliassime will be the captain and player for Canada. (J. Prevost/Team)

What is the ATP Cup award?

Participants will share a prize money of $14,000,000 (about €12,390,000). The premium was $15 million during the first issue and was revised downward in 2021 ($7,500,000) due to the pandemic and the cycle being blocked for several months.

The distribution is complicated because it depends not only on the results, but also on the ranking of the players. However, there is a guarantee for players #1 and #2 on their team. For the top spot between the first and third places, it’s worth $222,000. 190,000 for those between 4 and 6, 160,000 for those between 7 and 12, and 135,000 for those between 13 and 16.

In second place between first and tenth, it is $160,000. 135,000 for those between 11 and 20, 60,000 for those between 21 and 30, 45,000 for those between 31 and 50, 30,000 for those between 51 and 100, 20,000 for those between 101 and 200, and 15,000 for those in higher ranks.

Back to the competition for Matteo Berrettini.  (W Charlotte/team)

Back to the competition for Matteo Berrettini. (W Charlotte/team)

How many top ten will be present?

Aside from Novak Djokovic, Andrei Rublev and Rafael Nadal, the top ten responded to the ATP Cup. Italy will also be the only country to play with Matteo Berrettini (7) and Janek Sener (10). Therefore it is a favourite. Deprived of Rublev (positive for Covid-19), Russia is much less and can only count on Daniil Medvedev. Note that Russia will have a French captain, because Gilles Cervara, Medvedev’s coach, will wear the hat.

Worn by Felix Auger-Aliassime, also captain, and Denis Shapovalov (if he recovers from COVID-19), Canada will be a serious contender. Spain and the United States in an ambush.

So 2022 will start without the historic “Big Three”. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have decided not to line up, while Roger Federer is supposed to return to competition after only several months. “I think this is something that will happen more and more in the coming years. It will probably stay that way in three years. You may also get used to this new reality as soon as possible. Let’s see how tennis works without the Big Three. I am curious to know the player Who will make the most of the situation.”noted in this Greek subject Stefanos Tsitsipas.

what is the program?

The group stage will start on January 1 with Chile-Spain and Serbia-Norway in Group A, Argentina-Georgia and Greece-Poland in Group D, and France (Group D) will enter the competition on January 2 against Russia.

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